ABISHA SANDERS, farmer and stock raiser, living on section 5, Knox township, was born in Perry County, Ohio, April 2, 1848, a son of Jesse and Epsey (Battin) Sanders, the father being a native of Georgia, and the mother born in Columbiana County, Ohio. They were the parents of nine children – Benjamin, Matilda, Simeon, Myrom, Clarinda, Jesse, John, Sarah and Abisha. Abisha spent his youth on a farm, his education being obtained in the common schools. He enlisted in the defense of his country at the early age of fifteen years, he being one of the youngest soldiers in the company. He joined Company B, Tenth Ohio Cavalry, in February, 1863, and participated in many engagements, and was with Sherman in his grand march to the sea. He was in General Kilpatrick’s command. He was honorably discharged at Cleveland, Ohio, in August 1865, when he returned to his home in Perry County, Ohio. October 21, 1868, he was married to Phebe Travis, of Perry County, and they have eleven children living – Matilda, Albert S., Stella A., Effie Alice, Carrie Irena, Ora Centennial, Orle F., Vernon P., Charlotte, Lora Blaine, and an infant unnamed. Mr. Sanders has been a resident of Clarke County, Iowa, since the spring of 1878, when he located on his present farm in Knox Township. His farm contains 200 acres of as good land as can be found in Clarke County, and is all under a high state of cultivation. Mr. Sanders is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, belonging to Post No. 189. In politics he is a Republican.
SOURCE: Biographical and Historical Record of Clarke County, Iowa, Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1886 p. 294